The Leo and Libby Nevas Family Foundation, a JFN member organization, has launched a new grant program to address urgently the rapid rise of bigotry and hate speech aimed at a broad spectrum of minorities during the recent campaign and following the election. These minorities include populations defined by religion, ethnicity, race, national origin, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation and others.Read more
The aspen tree, from which that beautiful Colorado town takes its name, is a remarkable plant. An aspen forest is, in fact, one single organism. All nearby trees are linked by their roots, making them, de facto, a single plant. It’s said that an aspen forest in Utah is the world’s biggest living organism. The interconnected nature of the aspen trees makes them incredibly resilient. Nutrients and water circulate freely among the trees, and the stronger help the weaker to the entire forest’s benefit.Read more
On February 17, 2016, JFN held a joint event in Jerusalem with the Jewish Communal Fund. I was very moved by the partnership between the two organizations as I am both a JFN member and have a donor advised fund at JCF. As I looked around the room, I noticed quite a few familiar faces of people who were not JFN members, yet were clearly connected with JCF. Perhaps this was their first time attending a funder’s only networking event.Read more
JFN members know full well the myriad benefits when funders collaborate. The power of the collective engenders a form of giving that has both deeper meaning and a lasting impact. Which is not to say that collaborations are an easy thing to pull off. Far from it.Read more
We often talk about planting seeds to foster meaningful philanthropic collaborations.Read more
The most-effective philanthropists know not to go it alone.
This blog post is from Emily Wexler of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, who will present a webinar on Thursday, Jan. 9, in partnership with JFN, on the promises and pitfalls of local and national funder collaborations. Emily will discuss the potential advantages of local-national partnerships and offer lessons that enhance their effectiveness.Read more